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NEAL McGRATH, Ph.D.

Neal McGrath, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University and has practiced in the Boston area since completing his internship in clinical neuropsychology with Edith Kaplan, Ph.D. at the Boston VA Medical Center in 1984. Trained in the Boston Process Approach, he has specialized in the evaluation and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries and has been in private practice since 1992. His neuropsychological practice includes evaluation of educational issues such as learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD as well as other acquired brain injuries.

Dr. McGrath has been a Consulting Neuropsychologist for the NeuroRestorative (formerly MENTOR) Acquired Brain Injury Program for 20 years, providing services to individuals with acquired brain injuries who are returning to community living.

He also consults to the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP), through which he has provided neuropsychological services to clients in residential programs. Through SHIP involvement he also developed and consulted for many years to the Head Injury Community Services program in Quincy.

As a consulting neuropsychologist for Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Vocational Area Offices he has provided neuropsychological evaluations for hundreds of clients receiving vocational assistance who are returning to work with a range of disability issues including acquired brain injuries, substance abuse, and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. McGrath has been an annual lecturer in traumatic brain injury for Boston University’s Human Neuropsychology course for nearly 20 years. He has also collaborated on clinical research for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Grant at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. McGrath also has a specialty in the evaluation and management of sports-related concussion injuries. He is New England’s first Credentialed ImPACT© Consultant. As the founder and Clinical Director of Sports Concussion New England, he and his staff now serve dozens of schools as well as individual student athletes from many high schools, colleges, and elementary schools in New England.

In the fall of 2010 Dr. McGrath served on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Clinical Advisory Committee to assist with the development of departmental regulations for the state’s new concussion safety law. He was presented with NATA’s 2011 Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement for his paper “Supporting the Student-Athlete in the Classroom after a Sport Related Concussion” which appeared in The Journal of Athletic Training in October/November 2010.

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ALEXANDRA JACKSON, Psy.D.

Alexandra Jackson, Psy.D., received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at WestSide NeuroRehabiltation Services in Lewiston, Maine in 2011, where she evaluated and treated individuals with acquired brain injury. Her work at WestSide also involved scientific research on brain injury and she has presented her findings at several international neuropsychological conferences.

At Neuropsychology New England Dr. Jackson conducts neuropsychological evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults for educational and rehabilitation purposes. She also provides individual psychotherapy and cognitive rehabilitation services.

Dr. Jackson specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation and management of sports-related concussion injuries. With Sports Concussion New England, she provides a full complement of services including consultation to individual student-athletes and to our partner schools, comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, individual therapy and cognitive rehabilitation for recovering athletes, and on-campus educational presentations. Dr. Jackson is particularly interested in the gender differences in concussion injuries and has presented a poster symposium entitled “Concussions in Female Collegiate Athletes: Examination of Gender Differences” at the International Neuropsychological Society’s annual meeting in Boston in 2011.

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DEBRA PETRIE

Debra Petrie has been the Office Manager for Sports Concussion New England and Neal McGrath PhD & Associates since 2005. She coordinates the scheduling of all appointments, manages billing, and does a great many other things to ensure that our practice runs smoothly. Deb is usually the first person you will speak with when you call our offices and she has a great understanding of the needs of our patients and their parents during concussion recovery. She has worked in the healthcare industry since 1992 in a variety of communications, marketing, and project manager positions, for companies including Medical Manager, PCN, and WebMD. When not in the office, Deb is very busy as a hockey, soccer, and basketball mom for her children Justin and Rachel.